Team Canada Performance Cheer

2022 ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading Championships

Team Cheer and Performance Cheer

Call for Applications

The Cheer Canada International Opportunities Subcommittee is looking for Canada’s best teams to represent our country at the 2022 ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading Championships being held in Orlando, Florida, USA. The ICU World & Junior World Championships are held annually with this being the 13th Championship. Cheer Canada hopes to use the ICU World Cheerleading Championships and ICU World Junior Cheerleading Championships to provide additional opportunities for athletes to represent their Country.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLY CURRENT CHEER CANADA MEMBERS MAY APPLY.

Event: 2022 ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading Championships, Orlando, Florida, USA

Date: April 20-22, 2022 (Tentative travel dates are April 19-23, 2022 – 4 days)

Details: Cheer Canada will send a maximum of twenty-four (24) athletes with four (4) alternates for each of the team divisions, two (2) athletes with zero (0) alternates for the doubles divisions following within the team composition criteria.

ICU World Cheerleading Championship Team Performance Cheer Divisions:

Team Cheer Hip Hop: 

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Team Cheer Jazz:

  • minimum 18 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Adaptive Abilities Unified Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Adaptive Abilities Unified Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Adaptive Abilities Unified National Teams must comprise 25% or more athletes with disabilities per team.

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Unified Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Unified Team Cheer Freestyle Pom: 

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Traditional Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Special Olympics (Special Abilities) Traditional Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

*Note: Special Olympics Unified National Teams must comprise a 1:1 ratio of athletes with and without intellectual disabilities per team and Special Olympics Traditional National Teams must comprise 100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team. All Special Olympics Team eligibility is based on approval by the country’s respective Special Olympic programme and ICU National Federation. Additionally, ICU reserves the right to provide Special Abilities Unified Divisions (50% or more athletes with intellectual abilities per team) & Special Abilities Traditional Divisions (100% athletes with intellectual disabilities per team) for teams not yet eligible under Special Olympics guidelines.

ICU World Cheerleading Championship Team Performance Cheer Doubles Divisions:

Doubles Team Cheer Hip Hop: 

  • Two (2) athletes

Doubles Team Cheer Freestyle Pom: 

  • Two (2) athletes

ICU Junior World Cheerleading Championship Team Performance Cheer Divisions:

Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

ICU Youth World Cheerleading Championship Team Performance Cheer Divisions:

Team Cheer Hip Hop:

  • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

Team Cheer Freestyle Pom:

    • minimum 16 athletes, maximum 24 athletes

    Eligibility: All competitors must satisfy the following conditions: 

    • All athletes are required to be a minimum of six (6) months consecutive permanent resident of their respective nation on the 2021 World Championships date of competition. 
    • Age of Athlete – Youth World Cheerleading Championship:
      • 12-14 years of age within the year of the Junior World Championship
    • Age of Athlete – Junior World Cheerleading Championship:
      • 15-18 years of age within the year of the Junior World Championship
    • Age of Athlete – World Cheerleading Championship:
      • Team Performance Cheer Hip Hop, Freestyle Pom, Jazz – 16 years or older within the year of the World Championship
      • Team Performance Cheer Doubles Hip Hop, Doubles Freestyle Pom Divisions – 16 years or older within the year of the World ChampionshipTeam
      • Adaptive Abilities Unified Hip Hop & Freestyle Pom Divisions, Performance Cheer Special Olympics & Special Abilities Hip Hop and Freestyle Pom Divisions – 12 years or older within the year of the World Championship
    • All coaches must satisfy the following conditions or complete the conditions upon selection:
      • Submit a current Criminal Record Check;
      • Submit their certificate for Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders;
      • Submit their certificate for Safe Sport training;

    Applicants: Programs must submit applications to Cheer Canada meeting the following criteria:

    1. Be a current registrant of Cheer Canada (through their PTSO) and provide their membership number;
    2. Complete roster including alternates/substitutes (Team leader must confirm all athletes are age eligible), if including alternates/substitutes, please specify;
    3. Provide the event division their program would compete in; 
    4. Submit a video (“Unlisted” YouTube Video link) of the listed requirements below, following the above divisions.

    NOTE: PTSOs will verify that each athlete and coach is a registrant of their PTSO & Cheer Canada; Cheer Canada admin will verify that they are members in good standing with Cheer Canada.

    Performance Cheer Videos (Team & Duo) should include:

    POM JAZZ HIP HOP
    • 4 counts of 8  including a jump combo(s)
    • 4 counts of 8 including  a jump combo(s)
    • 4 counts of 8 in any style of Hip Hop
    • 4 counts of 8 including a turn combination 
    • 4 counts of 8 including a turn combination 
    • 4 counts of 8 in a second  style of Hip Hop
    • 4 counts of 8 of dance within the above style.  Please include skills such as (but not limited to) kicks, illusions, transitions, aerials.
    • 4 counts of 8 of dance within the above style. Please include skills such as (but not limited to) kicks, illusions, transitions, aerials.
    • Please include skills such as (but not limited to)  kip ups, head springs, transitions,  stalls.

    Please note the following for all video submissions (Performance Cheer and Team Cheer):

    • Show only your best skills with a level of mastery — clean and solid;
    • Ensure entire routine is visible in video, officials can only judge what they can see;
    • The environment for filming and athlete attire is recommended to be neutral and un-branded in order to prevent team identification.  We will be presenting numbered videos to the officials without titles or labels. Therefore, please refrain from adding titles or intros to videos;
    • Common yet plain attire (shirts/shorts), and submissions filmed in a generic facility like a gymnasium are preferred to ensure there is no positive or negative bias during the adjudication process; and
    • Total video length should be less than 4 minutes, after 4 minutes, the video will be stopped. 

    Application Deadline:  Applicants must electronically submit all application items by DECEMBER 31st, 2021 via the online application form.

    Application Fee: 

    • Programs applying for a Team entry must also include a fee of $250 per team;
    • Programs applying for a duo entry must also include a fee of $50 per duo.

    Adjudication: An impartial judging panel will be assembled and will comprise a minimum of Five (5) judges from across the country who are ICU trained and certified.  Judges shall use the ICU judging criteria to evaluate each video submission.

    Selection Dates:  The final teams will be notified no later than January 10, 2022.  An email notification will be sent to all applicants stating the result of their submission.

    Financial Cost: At the present time there is no funding available for athletes, coaches or officials; therefore, the trip is entirely self-funded.  The estimated cost to attend this event is approximately $3,000.00 per person (CDN$).   

    Payment Schedule:    

    • Initial deposit of $250/person due on January 21st, 2022
    • Second deposit due February 14th, 2022
    • Final payment due March 1st, 2022

    ** Please note that Cheer Canada will confirm the amounts owing for the second deposit and final payment once entry, travel package and clothing packages have been confirmed. **

    The following is a projected summary of costs incurred by a team travelling to ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading  Championships.

    Description of Cost

    Estimated Cost 

    **Please note these are only estimates and do not include shipping and taxes**

    Team Canada Uniform $255 CDN

    Team Canada Apparel Package (Optional for Virtual Championship)

    (track jacket, shorts, tank top, bra top, bag)

    $300 CDN 
    ICU Junior World & World Cheerleading Championship Entry Fee $100 USD per person
    Airfare ranges from $500 – $850 per person

    Accommodation & Local transportation package

    (including transportation to/from airport, to the competition venue & any additional official events) 

    ICU World & Junior World Cheerleading Championship Optional Package

    Cheer Canada understands that this is a new endeavour with a large financial commitment associated with the Championship. Please feel free to reach out and discuss any questions, we are always looking for ways to assist teams who are eager to represent the country at International Championships.

    For more information, please contact:

    Tara Savoie

    Chair, International Opportunities Subcommittee

    Cheer Canada

    internationalteams@cheercanada.ca